Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Interior Secretary Jewell, Transportation Secretary Foxx, Sen. McCaskill to Celebrate Groundbreaking for Improved Access to St. Louis Arch
Revitalized Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Would Add 4,400 Jobs to St. Louis Region
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ST. LOUIS, MO – On Friday, August 2, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, and state and city officials and local partners will meet in St. Louis to break ground on the ‘Park over the Highway' project, the first component in the CityArchRiver 2015 plan to revitalize and improve access to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, home of the Gateway Arch.
The ‘Park Over the Highway' will feature a landscaped structure over Interstate 70 that will improve pedestrian accessibility and create a model urban national park, providing increased opportunities for outdoor recreation and inviting more people to fully enjoy the natural beauty, culture, and history of the area.
The project component is being funded through a $20 million federal grant matched by $25 million from the state and $10 million from the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. Overall, the CityArchRiver 2015 initiative is expected to boost visitation to the memorial. CityArchRiver also expects the initiative to support an estimated 4,400 new permanent jobs in the region.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill
St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay
MoDOT Chief Engineer Ed Hassinger
CityArchRiver Chairman Walter Metcalfe
Press Conference & Groundbreaking for the ‘Park Over the Highway' project;
Media Availability to follow immediately after remarks
Friday, August 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. Central
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial Luther Ely Smith Square
(Corner of Chestnut Street & Memorial Drive, between the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse)
MEDIA: Credentialed members of the media are welcomed to attend the press conference and ground breaking. Please RSVP no later than 6:00pm EDT on Thursday, August 1st to Emily Beyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) with name, outlet and contact information.